Three CRPF and two state police jawans have been martyred, and two terrorists killed in a nearly three-day long encounter in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. At least nine security personnel were injured. A protester has also been killed in the clashes. A defence spokesman said, the bodies of the killed terrorists have been retrieved along with arms and ammunition and their identity is being ascertained.
The encounter broke out on Thursday night after the joint team of security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation at Babagund Langate area of Handwara following information about the presence of terrorists there.
Para commandos joined the forces comprising Army, CRPF and Special Operations Group of Police yesterday morning in view of stand-off. The gun battle ended today, but the search and sanitization operation is still on in the area.